Lobos Unlucky On First Day of MWC Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/22/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 22, 2007


Event\-by\-Event\ Pentathlon\ Results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The first day of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships certainly did not go according to plan for the host University of New Mexico on Thursday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Lobos lost their top two competitors early as senior Dan Feltman injured his groin on the first event of the heptathlon and sophomore Sandy Fortner missed all three high jump attempts in the second event of the pentathlon.

Feltman may have seen his injury-plagued indoor career come to an end when he pulled up and then crumpled to the track midway through the 60-meter dash. The Deming, N.M. native has just received a medical hardship waiver earlier in the week that allowed him to make his season debut this weekend.

The waiver gave Feltman a redshirt for the 2005 indoor season that was ruined when he suffered an injured hamstring in the season-opener, also in the 60m dash, during his first heptathlon of the year. The 2005 MWC decathlon champion and NCAA Championship qualifier placed fifth in the MWC heptathlon last year.

Fortner, meanwhile, suffered heartbreak for the second straight year at the MWC Indoor Championships. Ranked third in the conference entering the week, Fortner got off to a strong start with a time of 9.04* in the 60-meter hurdles (6th), but missed all three high jumps attempts at 5' 2" to go scoreless in the event.

Fortner cleared a personal best 5' 5" two weeks ago and cleared 5' 3" several times during warm-up before her struggles began. A year ago in Albuquerque, she scratched on all three attempts in the shot put.

The UNM coaching staff opted to sit Fortner after the high jump to allow her to rest for tomorrow's long jump competition.

New Mexico did get solid efforts in the pentathlon from senior Stefany Setliff (11th - 3,052), freshman Tiffeny Parker (12th - 3,037) and redshirt freshman Kelly Fortner (14th - 2,837).

A multi-event athlete turned full-time pole vaulter, Setliff was competing in her first pentathlon since the 2005 season. Parker, who was seventh entering the final event, turned in a career-high score in her second career pentathlon and Fortner also notched a career-high in her second multi-event competition.

Colorado State senior Katie Lloyd defended her pentathlon title with a school and Convention Center record score of 4,047.

With Feltman out of the heptathlon competition, New Mexico begins its day at 1 p.m. tomorrow with the women's weight throw and men's long jump. Juniors Jeremy Johnson and Juan Ortega will look to jump-start the team in the first running event of the meet, the men's 5,000 meters on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Johnson and Ortega are ranked first and third, respectively, in the event.